Archive | June 2014

Linux Mint 17 Installed x3

Yes, three machines have been well and truly updated to the XFCE version of Mint 17 this weekend. The broken Dell 1545 has been repurposed as a print server and backup store, while the Asus 1015px netbook has come back into mainstream use with this lightweight desktop alongside the old Dell 1520.

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Wireless Wonderland

Logitech’s K400 media keyboard and M570 trackball mouse have converted the Dell 7720 into a media monster, running XBMC to our living room TV, all from the comfort of our sofa. Nice !

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…and Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon looks fantastic on the big 17″ laptop too !

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New battery: liberated laptop !

The old Dell 1520 now has a new battery for the princely sum of £12. Along with the cleaned up and working fan this has made a fine laptop running LinuxMint XFCE for day to day use.

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Admin time: Name change to match my Twitter account

Hi there!

I’ve just done some minor plumbing work on this blog, only to amend the user-name to match my Twitter account.

You should be able to follow the blog at “markwalton1967.wordpress.com” if all has gone well.

Cheers

Mark

Successful Blackpool LUG

Had a great morning with the Blackpool LUG. Good turnout and got the BIOS updated on the Dell 7720 courtesy of Mike Hewitt, Followed by an update to Mint 17 Cinnamon. Then demonstrated the Maplin OWI Robot Arm; Les Pounder was definitely tempted by the £30 price tag.

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Preston Raspberry Jam

Ben demonstrated the working Robot Arm to several of the attendees at tonights Preston Raspberry Jam. For £30 there were a few heading for Maplin after the pick n place demo.

Robot Arm in Action

The Maplin OWI robot arm now has some Python code to drive it (thanks to Steve Battle) via the Linux pyusb library and a TK based GUI. We may make an appearance at the Preston Raspberry Jam tomorrow to share our project.

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Robot Arm in Action

The Maplin OWI robot arm now has some Python code to drive it (thanks to Steve Battle) via the Linux pyusb library and a TK based GUI. We may make an appearance at the Preston Raspberry Jam tomorrow to share our project.

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